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Pirates abduct five in Rivers



…Tension as hoodlums kill three police officers in Delta

GUNMEN suspected to be sea pirates, yesterday, kidnapped five persons along the Bonny-Onne waterways in Rivers State.

  Chairman of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Bonny Unit, Henry Jumbo, confirmed the incident.

  Explaining that he received a distress call concerning the attack on a passenger boat, Jumbo said the boat had 18 passengers when the incident occurred, but five of the occupants were whisked away to an unknown area by the pirates.

  According to him, the remaining passengers were recovered by a search team and brought to shore after a rescue operation, stressing that the repeated attacks on the waterways was worrisome.

  “I received information that one of our boats was attacked and they made away with about five passengers. This morning, we went with a search team and we got the remaining people. We are begging the government to come to our aid because the sea route for now is not safe for  the remaining passengers.

  We are suffering. This is a big challenge for us. But the kidnappers were yet to make contact with the union. Security agencies should deploy operatives along the Bonny-Onne waterways,” he said.

  Similarly, tension enveloped Umutu and neighbouring communities in Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State, following the killing of three police officers attached to the Umutu Divisional Police Headquarters, yesterday.

  The three police officers were burnt inside their patrol Toyota Sienna vehicle after they were murdered by yet unknown gunmen at a checkpoint along Obeti-Oliogo Road in the local government area.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Delta State, Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.

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